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L.E. Hotels  TOP 10 must see attractions

Basilica Santa Maria Impruneta
 
Basilica Santa Maria Impruneta is one of the most famous shrines in Tuscany. Its reputation is based on the cult of the honored image of the Virgin and its miraculous discovery. It dates back to the 16th century, but was rebuilt after the bombings of World War II.
 
Museo del Tesoro
 
Hosted in an area of the Basilica Santa Maria in Impruneta, the Museo del Tesoro is a collection of precious art works and donations to the Church from the past to the present (manuscripts, jewelry, vestments and furnishings).
 
Impruneta Terracotta Kilns
 
The production of handcrafted terracotta dates back to the Middle Ages in Impruneta, where bricks, tiles and handcrafted artifacts have been produced.  The rich clay of the area combined with the abilities of the great master craftsmen have always guaranteed marvelous unique art pieces.
 
Certosa del Galluzzo
 
Certosa del Galluzzo is a monastery complex that encompasses the church, chapter house, vestry, dining hall, cloisters and the monks' laboratories and houses. Guided tours are available with reservation from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Wineries in the Chianti Area
 
The Relais is only 15 kilometers from Greve in Chianti, the heart of the Chianti region, where several castles and wineries can be visited (cellars' guided tours followed by winetasting and lunch). The Relais Reception is available for recommendations, suggestions and bookings.
 
Florence Museums and Churches
 
The Relais is only 12 kilometers from downtown Florence and its main sights. A public bus service is available approximately every half hour with the last bus back from Florence at 8.20 p.m. The bus stop is just a few steps from the Relais. Tickets can be purchased from Reception. A few of the main sights, churches and museums that can be visited in downtown Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, include Galleria degli Uffizi, Galleria dell'Accademia, Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral with its famous Dome (By Brunelleschi) and Giotto's Bell Tower, San Lorenzo Church and the Medici Chapels, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Garden, Santa Croce Church, Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo.
 
Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery) and Galleria dell'Accademia (Gallery of the Academy)
 
The Uffizi Gallery hosts masterpieces of Italian art, including Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”  It is the largest museum in Florence.  The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture and his four unfinished “Prisoners."  Reservations are recommended at both museums.
 
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral Duomo and Campanile di Giotto (Bell Tower)
 
One of the most iconic sights in Florence is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. Campanile di Giotto (Giotto's Bell Tower) is located right next to the Cathedral.
 
Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapels)
 
Behind the San Lorenzo Church, the Medici Chapels are the graves of the Medici Family. Here, it is possible to admire the funerary monuments made by Michelangelo to honor the family, representing Dawn, Day, Dusk and Night.
 
Palazzo Pitti and Giardini di Boboli (Boboli Gardens)
 
Located just over the Ponte Vecchio is the Palazzo Pitti, the Renaissance-era palace that originally belonged to Luca Pitti, a Florentine banker. The Medici family bought it in 1549, and it became the ruling family’s main residence. Today, the palace is home to the Palatine Gallery, with more than 500 paintings, most from the Renaissance. Giardini di Boboli (Boboli Gardens) are attached to the Pitti Palace. Originally designed in the 16th century, they make up one of the biggest public parks in central Florence. They are formal gardens with outdoor sculptures, including ancient Roman statues and, most famously, striking Mannerist works, including a grotto that was carved to look as if it was dripping with stalactites.